Vacuum Cleaner Company Dyson Will Build an Electric Car by 2020

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 7:37PM
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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 7:37PM
Vacuum Cleaner Company Dyson Will Build an Electric Car by 2020
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The world of battery-powered vehicles is becoming ever more crowded. In addition to the myriad of other companies that are already attempting to perfect electric cars, a new contender is about to enter the ring.

At present, Dyson is known primarily as the company that revolutionized vacuum cleaners, when their founder, James Dyson, invented a cleaner that sucks up dirt using a miniature cyclone. Dyson has also brought out a range of powerful bathroom hand dryers and bladeless fans for circulating air through a room.

Known for innovative and incredibly useful household technology, Dyson has announced it's beginning work on an "electric vehicle" of some kind.




A company-wide memo has been circulated among employees, detailing James Dyson's personal history of attempting to develop a clean-energy motorized vehicle, and explaining his interest in working to return to previously paused efforts now that technology in the area of batteries has advanced:

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"In 1988 I read a paper by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, linking the exhaust from diesel engines to premature death in laboratory mice and rats. In March 1990 a team at Dyson began work on a cyclonic filter that could be fitted on a vehicle's exhaust system to trap particulates.

By 1993 we had developed several working prototypes and showed an early iteration to British television programme Blue Peter. The team went on to develop a much more sophisticated technology. To our chagrin, nobody at the time was interested in employing our diesel exhaust capture system and we stopped the project. The industry said that 'disposing' of the collected soot was too much of a problem! Better to breathe it in?"
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No matter what Dyson has up his sleeve, this won't be a simple - there are already plenty of companies in the electric car market, with Teslas now showing off fancy skills like autonomous driving, and other projects creating electric semi trucks to haul large amounts of cargo around an ever-growing radius.

Heck, some electric cars can even fly. With all of that in mind, it'll be fascinating to see what Dyson can bring to the table.

There are some hints that Dyson's "electric vehicle" will be something beyond a simple Tesla clone. Sketches included with the company memo show something more akin to a semi-truck, hinting that Dyson might be racing to innovate in a new, unique transportation sector.

If so, this syncs up with the timing for the project - Dyson aims to have their electric vehicle ready for 2020, which would be around the same time that other electric trucks will be hitting the market. The only question then is whether the Dyson solution to the challenges of short battery life and low maximum weight capabilities will be any more advanced or innovative than what other companies plan to produce.

Either way, it's invigorating to hear Dyson is planning to enter such a different field; even with their founder's years of experience working with engines, this will surely set the dynamic brand apart from the rest of its competitors even further.
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